Bio & Contacts

 

Here’s the official version of me:


David Downie is a native San Franciscan who moved to Paris in the mid-1980s and now divides his time between France and Italy. His travel, food and arts features have appeared in over 50 print magazines and newspapers worldwide and on dozens of websites.

 

He’s co-owner and operator (with his wife Alison Harris) of Paris, Paris Tours – custom walking tours of Paris, Burgundy, Rome and the Italian Riviera.


Downie is the author of over a dozen nonfiction books, two thrillers, dozens of anthologies (as a contributor), an app about Paris history (featuring key Dates from 8000 BC to the present, plus key People, Places and Events), and another one about the food and wine of Rome (visit the Apps page for details).

 

His upcoming book A Passion for Paris: Romanticism and Romance in the City of Light, is published by St. Martin's Press (April 2015).

 

Downie's nonfiction works include two critically acclaimed books about Paris and France, Paris to the Pyrenees: A Skeptical Pilgrim Walks the Way of Saint James (April 2013), a National Geographic Traveler pick-of-the-month; and the evergreen volume of essays, Paris, Paris: Journey into the City of Light (now into its 10th printing).

 

Other food/wine and travel books by David D. Downie include Food Wine Rome and Food Wine Burgundy, plus Quiet Corners of Rome, Enchanted Liguria and Cooking the Roman Way.

 

Downie’s second novel of suspense Paris City of Night is a classic page-turner Alfred Hitchcock might have liked.

 

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Atop the Pyrenees, ready to dodge the shotgun blasts. 

Those are hunters’ blinds…

read all about it in Paris to the Pyrenees.

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Caught red-faced (and balding) while

crawling out from under a giant redwood…

at Muir Woods north of San Francisco.

We were on tour for Paris, Paris.

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A hop, skip, and a jump to cross the Canche River in Burgundy, one of my favorite lethal spots as we trekked from Paris to the Pyrenees.

Why lethal? Read the book and you’ll discover how and why I slipped and fell and…

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Springtime in Paris, Paris…

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The intrepid Bon Appétit reporter (no, I’m not the tall guy standing in the reporter’s vest, that’s Claudio, a pal) at the famous Festa del Tortellino, learning from the serious pros. My first TV appearance? (Truth is I’m not sure I made it onto the tube. That camera was trained on the tortellino I was making, and boy were those tortellini fabulous!).

 
 
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Life is dog-eat-dog but occasionally there’s also time for cats that don’t eat cats or dogs.

In Berkeley, on book tour for Paris, Paris, working away as usual.

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Taking notes, a professional vice, this time in a forest near Bibracte,

on the Ancient Gallic road that Vercingétorix the warrior used during the war against Rome (remember The Conquest of Gaul?). Read all about it in Paris to the Pyrenees.

 
 
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Me, the tree-hugger.

This specimen is at least 500 years old according to a local we interrogated as we trekked from Paris to the Pyrenees.


 

“David Downie is the master of educated curiosity.”

- Michael Ondaatje -

 

Watch a video of “national treasure” Paula Wolfert introducing David D. Downie at a book event at Reader’s Books in Sonoma, California.

 

Profiles, interviews, snippets about David D. Downie (please feel free to send me links if you find anything new or interesting or wonderfully obnoxious):

David D. Downie according to Wikipedia

David's monthly column at Gadling.com

David's bio on Gadling.com

Listen to an interview about the book with NPR radio host extraordinaire Jacki Lyden on Weekend Edition Sunday.

Listen to David while he's walking across Paris on the pilgrimage route with NPR's Paris correspondent Eleanor Beardsley.

Watch David interviewed on KATU-TV in Portland.

Listen to David talking to Sheila Hamilton of "Speaking Freely" on KINK FM in Portland.

David interviewed about Paris to the Pyrenees in April, 2013 by My French Life.org

Ditto, by Janet Hulstrand for BonjourParis.com

David's website dedicated to the Italian Riviera (Liguria)

Elatia Harris interviews David on 3quarksdaily

Bonjour Paris features David as Person of the Moment

The Browser interviews David about Paris and books

Travel writer Rolf Potts profiles David

Blogcritics.org asks David about Paris City of Night: thrills and chills

Paris Imperfect talks to David about Paris and Paris, Paris

The Dark Phantom interviews David about his thriller Paris City of Night 

Savory Girl talks to David about the Food Wine books series

Lost in Cheeseland and its Franco-file-Friday interview

Legendary cookbook writer Paula Wolfert introduces David at Readers Books

Reign of Terroir, the great wine blog, reviews Food Wine Burgundy and David's other Food Wine titles

The American Library in Paris profiles the author of Paris, Paris

Ichef on Downie and his award-winning Cooking the Roman Way

Redroom profile of Downie (like others it needs updating!)

Downie's articles syndicated by FeatureWell.com

Review of Paris, Paris by architect Stephane Kirkland

Just Another American in Paris blog talks to Downie

Huffington Post bio of regular contributor David D. Downie


All photos (except Festa del Tortellino) copyright ©Alison Harris


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